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Taste of Yaletown 2017: Fayuca

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Yaletown is one of Vancouver’s premier dining districts. Taste of Yaletown 2017 edition is now on until October 27th, inviting local and traveling food lovers for the best dining experience at reasonable price. This year, special dishes will be served at 26 premier restaurants throughout the neighbourhood,  featuring 3-course meals themed ‘Parings and Sharings’ at set prices of $25, $35, and $45, and offering exclusive culinary creations, innovative pairings, and special menus. Fayuca is one of the latest addition to Yaletown’s Vibrant food scene, freshly nominated for Canada’s Best New Restaurant 2017 by enRoute Magazine. They represent the Northern Mexican cuisine, which has a strong tight to South Cal across the border,  featuring the Mexican flavours through Pacific Northwest ingredients and the freely gathered idea. This has made them one of the fascinating restaurants in the area. Their Taste of Yaletown menu is filled with their vibrant ideas $45 TASTE OF YALETOWN MENU @ FAYUCA APPETIZER GUACAMOLE, CRISPY SUNCHOKES, PUMPKIN SEEDS, MACEDONIAN FETA or GRILLED CACTUS, HALLOUMI CHEESE, AVOCADO, PICKLED ONIONS ENTRÉE FLANK STEAK, SLOWLY ROASTED PURPLE CABBAGE, CHARRED LEEKS or GRILLED CAULIFLOWER, CARAMELIZED ONION PURÉE, ROASTED ALMONDS (V) DESSERT FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE The Guacamole is one of their featuring shared dishes and will be [...]

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PappaRich is a big hit in Bankstown

by developer @ Little Saigon Plaza

The traditional taste of Malaysian cuisine has found hundreds of fans at Little Saigon Plaza! Serving foodies signature dishes including roti canai, Hainan bread with kaya (coconut jam) and butter, […]

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Little Saigon, Dayton

Little Saigon, Dayton


MenuPix

Little Saigon - View the menu for Little Saigon as well as maps, restaurant reviews for Little Saigon and other restaurants in Dayton, NV and Dayton.

Why Are So Many Alief Residents Opposed to a "Little Saigon"?

Why Are So Many Alief Residents Opposed to a "Little Saigon"?


Houston Press

Hoang Tran came to the United States six years ago, fleeing the communist and oppressive Vietnam government like so many others. He was immediately drawn to Alief, home to a large Vietnamese community, and before long, he was working at a Vietnamese restaurant along Bellaire Boulevard, Kim Phat. He said...

Recap: Holiday Market by Vancouver Foodster

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I was invited to check out Vancouver Foodster Holiday Market by Vancouver Foodster. The Christmas themed tasting adventure was spread at 4 spots in 3 neighboring communities on the west side from Fairview, South Granville to Kitsilano.  Each spot was featuring vendors with high-quality food and beverages for attendees to indulge. Meinhardt Fine Foods was our first stop. Located in South Granville, the gourmet grocery store is known for its specialized and imported food products, gourmet offerings, ready-to-eat meals and a variety of deserts. Meinhardt Fine Foods  There were other vendors featured at Meinhardt: Cheeses from Blue Heron Creamery and they are opening their first store on Main street in 2018. Imported European holiday cake from Terra Foods, along with other goods. Plant-based whole Grain crackers from Lloyd James. Paw Paw’s Cocktail Cherries offered a taste of their specialty cocktail cherries.  They were quite unique and much tastier than the awful generic Maraschino cherries. The tea products from JusTea produced by Kenyan tea farmers, also ethical, sustainable, and fair trade. Imported ham and sausage from Spain and other European countries showcased by ARC Iberico. Refined sea salt products from Sal de Ibiza, including salts, potato chips, chocolates, and nuts. Maureen‘s Rum Cakes. Next, we ventured to Silk Road Tea, where [...]

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Portlandia meets the Motherland: Kachka’s braised chanterelles and potatoes

by Rosalie Atkinson @ Good Food

Portland Monthly once called chef Bonnie Frumkin Morales' food, "like a feisty Russian Babushka’s cooking—with Pussy Riot crashing the dinner table."

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Find Colorful Southeast Asian Desserts in an SGV Supermarket Food Court

Find Colorful Southeast Asian Desserts in an SGV Supermarket Food Court


L.A. Weekly

If you haven't had these colorful sweets before, it's time to check them out.

Allegations of Corruption by Former Westminster Police Chief Now Available in Vietnamese

by Thy Vo @ Voice of OC

Last month, hours before city hall closed for the holidays on Dec. 22, the city of Westminster released an explosive complaint written by its former police chief, Kevin Baker.

Little Saigon | Wikiwand

Little Saigon | Wikiwand


Wikiwand

Little Saigon is a name given to ethnic enclaves of expatriate Vietnamese mainly in English-speaking "free countries." Alternate names include Little Vietnam and Little Hanoi , depending on the enclave's political history. Saigon is the former name of the capital of the former South Vietnam, where a large number of first-generation Vietnamese immigrants arriving to the United States originate,[1] whereas Hanoi is the current capital of Vietnam.

Asian Garden Mall Little Saigon Malls / Shopping Square Westminster 92683

Asian Garden Mall Little Saigon Malls / Shopping Square Westminster 92683


Little Saigon Orange County Vietnamese Community in Westminster California

Asian Garden Mall is one of the great landmarks of Little Saigon. Grand archways of asian architecure tower above the two-story shopping complex which feature many fine jewelry shops, specialty boutiques, a buddhist altar, and a food court.

Terror in Little Saigon — ProPublica

Terror in Little Saigon — ProPublica


ProPublica

An old war comes to a new country.

Punch Up Your Steak With Homemade Korean Ssamjang

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

We know, we know. You were about to say, “Good steak doesn’t need sauce.” But you’d be missing out on an extra tasty, spicy, funky sauce if you didn’t marinate and dress your beef with homemade Korean ssamjang. Our friends at ChefSteps partnered with Portland, Oregon chef Gregory Gourdet on this recipe for sauced-up steak to […]

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DineLA indecision? Enter Evan Kleiman.

by Evan Kleiman @ Good Food

Hungry people across Southern California wait all year to save money at LA's hottest eateries during DineLA. Good Food host and expert LA eater, Evan Kleiman, is here to help you decide where to snag a reservation. And don’t delay; DineLA only goes through January 26th.

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Remembering Clarendon’s Little Saigon

Remembering Clarendon’s Little Saigon


catholicherald.com

Before it became a stop on the Orange Line and the center of Arlington’s vibrant nightlife, Clarendon was known as Little Saigon. In the years following the Vietnam War, thousands of Vietnamese refugees settled in the Washington metropolitan area.

The SK Story

by ctao2013 @ The Saigon Kitchen

Saigon Kitchen’s humble beginnings started in 1985 when Chef/Restaurateur Nam Tao ventured to open his restaurant in downtown Hartford.  From the beginning, Nam has utilized his creative spirit to establish and grow quite an impressive restaurant. Saigon Kitchen is most well-known for the signature dishes, the Hot’n Spicy Chicken and Sesame Chicken, which is unparalleled +More

Vietnam’s Prosecutors Seek Lenient Sentence for ‘Folk Hero’ Farmer

Vietnam’s Prosecutors Seek Lenient Sentence for ‘Folk Hero’ Farmer

by Nam @ NamViet News

Vietnamese prosecutors on Thursday (April 4, 2013) asked a court to impose a lenient sentence on a former soldier who fought off a government eviction from his farm, a move some say is meant to avoid angering a public fed up with land seizures and corrupt officials. Prosecutors proposed that Doan Van Vuon be sentenced […]

Taste of Yaletown 2017: The Flying Pig

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Yaletown is one of Vancouver’s premier dining districts. Taste of Yaletown 2017 edition is now on until October 27th, inviting local and traveling food lovers for the best dining experience at reasonable price. This year, special dishes will be served at 26 premier restaurants throughout the neighbourhood,  featuring 3-course meals themed ‘Parings and Sharings’ at set prices of $25, $35, and $45, and offering exclusive culinary creations, innovative pairings, and special menus. I attended the media preview dinner at The Flying Pig, the “nouveau Canadian Bistro” and an integral part of Vancouver dining scene for almost a decade. They offer a seasonally inspired menu with fresh local ingredients at a great value, which I find even more down-to-earth than some of the farm-to-table places with their comforting classics. $35 TASTE OF YALETOWN MENU @THE FLYING PIG APPETIZER THREE PEA SOUP smoked ham hock, chick, split, and sweet peas or ROCKET, WATERCRESS AND BEETROOT SALAD local chevre crème, pears and walnuts or HUMBOLDT SQUID black olive aioli ENTRÉE PLATTER FOR 2 – INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING: “AAA” STRIPLOIN STEAK aged white cheddar mashed potato, bone marrow jus LOIS LAKE STEELHEAD heirloom tomato sauce vierge, Brussels sprouts, Autumn vegetables DESSERT CHOCOLATE VANILLA LAYER CAKE strawberries [...]

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Exchange at Linwood to include Tony's Baltimore Grill, Ernst, Banzo, Little Saigon

Exchange at Linwood to include Tony's Baltimore Grill, Ernst, Banzo, Little Saigon


Shore News Today

LINWOOD — Four restaurants — Tony’s Baltimore Grill, Ernest and Son, Little Saigon and Banzo — will come together in one location this summer, offering new choices for lunch and

U and I Thai: Thai Flavours in South Cambie

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

We came to U And I Thai for the Best Margarita Challenge with my buddy Lou.  I visited here for the Sangria Challenge last year and I was impressed their specialty Stuffed Chicken Wings. Naturally, I wanted to share that delicious chicken wing moment with Lou. Although it was on a Tuesday night, and the place was fully packed, and the 3 servers were running around like crazy. I could see they were trying hard to keep up with attending all the tables, but the service was a little slow as the servers were a little overwhelmed. First we tried the Blue Berry Margarita ($8), the entry for the competition. This was the 2nd competitor inspired by Blue Berry flavour I tried after the first one I had at The Pawn Shop YVR. As the one at The Pawn Shop had a much boozier taste with only a hint of blueberry in the background, the one here definitely showcased the blueberry flavour, front and centre. However, it would be better if the tequila taste is little stronger in the version here. And I was looking forward to some Thai twist, which seemed non-existent here. Blueberry Margarita The Stuffed Chicken Wings ($11.95) did not disappoint. [...]

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Recap: Noodle Mania 2018

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

This year, Vancouver Foodster‘s Noodle Mania is not as maniacal as last year with the number of geographical coverage. The event covered quite a few neighbourhoods last year in the city. It was quite a bit driving but it was fun getting to know the areas that we had barely visited.  The Noodle Mania 2018 edition focused more on the restaurants all in downtown Vancouver, spreading over Gastown, Stadium, Yaletown, and the West End. Similar to the organizer’s tasting plates events, the Noodle Mania requires participants to check in and pick up the map of restaurants with special noodle dishes for tasting.  The check-in spot this year was at Cha le Tea Cafe in Yaletown, where we also enjoy the refreshment of 2 of their signature teas: the Dragon Well Green Tea, and the Mint Majik Milk Tea. Cha la Tea Cha Le Tea Cha Le tea 1207 Hamilton St, Vancouver; 604-633-9989 or www.chaletea.com Once we got our maps we were facing the options – we could either stay in Yaletown and visit Robba Da Matti, or we could travel straight to Gastown or the West End where less participants would go first. Eventually, we decided to go to Robba Da Matti. A [...]

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Peking Duck for Two at Neptune Seafood Restaurant

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

My mom wanted to make a use of her VIP card from Neptune Seafood Restaurant that she recently acquired. The benefit of using the card is 10% off, but not on seafood dishes. This just sounds silly because it is a SEAFOOD restaurant. I came here for dim sum quite a few times over the years, and also had tried their special lobster lunch menu, but never came here for dinner. Maybe it’s because of its Chinese name 龍皇鮑翅, which suggests that they specialize in abalone and shark fin, which doesn’t sound exactly eco-friendly. The main dining area was roomy and bright, although the interior design is somewhat generic and similar to other restaurants in the same category. They also have several VIP rooms for private parties. One of the rooms was in use that evening, and apparently, there was Karaoke inside the room. It felt strange to hear some super bad singing for a few seconds now and then when someone had to exit or enter the room. Neptune Seafood Restaurant So we finally decided on getting a whole Peking Duck ($48), as it always comes in 2 courses and it should be plenty of food for 2 of us. [...]

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Awesome Tacos and New Design Updates at The Pawn Shop YVR

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I came to The Pawn Shop YVR with Yann for the Best Margarita Challenge. It was just past 5 pm and the taco bar was already packed with people getting their TGIF drinks. From the entrance to the inside of the restaurant and bar, you can always find something interesting to look at, such as graffiti art on the walls or painted murals screaming East LA vibe. The theme here is Pawn Shop, and the gold they’re selling is a good time hanging out with your dearest friends.   Their entry for the Best Margarita Challenge was the Blueberry Elderflower Margarita ($9.95), powered with Casamigos Blanco, St. Germaine Elderflower, Triple Sec, lime juice and blueberry syrup, finished with a salt rim and a lime wheel float.  Although the blueberry and the St. Germaine flavour was not as obvious as I expected, it was still a solid cocktail that packed a punch. For food, we first tried the Cheese Tots($9.95), tater tots topped with cheddar, feta, green onions with a side of queso and salsa. The tots were fried nicely with crispy exterior and enough moist and softness inside. There was a lot of cheese, but it was complemented well with a boozy tequila drink. We tried [...]

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Coming To Netflix: David Chang Gets Ugly Delicious

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

David Chang, the man behind Momofuku and subject of the first season of Food Republic parent company Zero Point Zero’s Mind of a Chef, is back on screens. Ready for his new show, Ugly Delicious? Premiering on February 23, the eight-episode series follows Chang as he travels, eats and hangs out with notable food personalities like Jessica Koslow, […]

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How To Dine At Noma’s Last Available Reservation For As Little As $10

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

There’s just one last table available at Noma’s re-opening night on February 15! And it could be yours for as little as $10. Noma is partnering with Omaze to offer a trip for you and a guest to Copenhagen to dine at one of the world’s best restaurants. But it gets better! Return the next […]

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Authentic Vietnamese Food | California | Pho Saigon Pearl

Authentic Vietnamese Food | California | Pho Saigon Pearl


Authentic Vietnamese Food | California | Pho Saigon Pearl

Homemade pho simmered for over 17 hrs, made with pure bone broth. No msg added, just fresh and high quality ingredients.

New in Walnut Creek: Pokeatery with hamachi, pokeado toast

by Linda Zavoral @ BayArea

Pokeatery, a customized poke concept with restaurants in San Mateo and Castro Valley, has opened its newest location — in downtown Walnut Creek. It’s the first of three Northern California franchises that Gary Zhu and Julie Ren will operate for founders Joann and Derek Chung, who brought 20 years of sushi restaurant experience to the enterprise. […]

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Gastown Cocktail Crawl – L’Abattoir

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

The visit to L’Abattoir marked another great stop during our Gastown Cocktail Crawl, proving that a cocktail crawl can be such a fantastic way of checking out the best restaurants in one neighbourhood in one night. Located in the center of Gastown and next to the historic Blood Alley, the site was built in the 19th century and was once part of a meatpacking district, hence the name L’Abattoir.  And everything here showcases the vibrant characters of Gastown, a home for the hip and the hipsters.  The place is a giant loft with red bricks and wood. While the bar is on the ground level, most of the dining area is upstairs. l’abattoir, gastown We were offered a basket of bread and breadsticks after we told them about our cocktail crawl adventure. bread basket Food Wench decided to order for all 3 of us and we were all getting the Avocado Gimlet ($15). Inspired by a rosemary gimlet, a popular cocktail featuring gin, Lillet Blanc, citrus and fresh herb, the creamy avocado adds a sweet richness to the drink, although not as rich as an avocado shake. The fun part of getting the same drink is bringing 3 complete different cocktail [...]

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Despite Neighborhood Opposition, July Date Set for Opening of Little Saigon Homeless Navigation Center

Despite Neighborhood Opposition, July Date Set for Opening of Little Saigon Homeless Navigation Center


The Stranger

A long-awaited Navigation Center, a 24-hour, low-barrier homeless shelter, will open in Little Saigon's Pearl Warren Building on July 12, city representatives announced yesterday. The announcement followed Mayor Ed Murray's two-month pause on the project to meet with community residents and business-owners who claimed they would be impacted when the new shelter opens. Despite the mayor's intentions of engaging neighborhood stakeholders, members of the Little Saigon community still haven't had their concerns addressed, said Quynh...

Opportunity, Empowerment, Growth: Orange County's Little Saigon Turns 25

Opportunity, Empowerment, Growth: Orange County's Little Saigon Turns 25


KCET

The multi-city Greater Little Saigon area in Orange County now boasts some 2,000 businesses and a population of some 125,000 residents of Vietnamese descent.

Chinese New Year Dinner 2018: Specialty Chicken and Wonton House

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I have become quite attached to Specialty Chicken and Wonton House in Richmond over the years.  I absolutely love the variety of specialty chicken preparations here. If you are a Cantonese, you must include a chicken dish for dinner at any special occasion, especially for Chinese New Year.  The restaurant is owned by Wingtat Chicken Farm, known for eir free-range Loong Kong chicken. This special type of chicken has to be raised with a specific method, and grown to have tighter meat due to free running, but also enough amount of fat so that the meat is not too dry, which is great for all the Cantonese chicken dishes.  The farm even exports the birds back to China and Hong Kong. My favourite chicken dishes here are the Soy Sauce Chicken and Qing Ping Chicken. But I think for the general public, Soy Sauce Chicken is much more acceptable for it’s slightly sweeter taste on the exterior.  However, I wouldn’t recommend the Hainan Chicken here. I would rather go to Mui Garden in the neighbourhood for it. Here are the chicken dishes at the restaurant, and they are the most common chicken dishes on Cantonese dinner table. Empress Chicken – Poached [...]

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Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 3 – Blue Water Cafe

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Blue Water Cafe is always one of my favourite eateries, and unarguably one of the best seafood restaurants in the city. I have had several unforgettable dining experiences here over the years. In a city that’s filled with amazing sushi chefs, it was no easy feat to be acclaimed the “best sushi” award for a restaurant that has no Japanese in the name. Besides the raw bar, the other dishes here have represented the Pan Pacific cuisine and fine dining well. Finally, they are also known for their exceptional services.  Those are reasons why we have picked Blue Water as one of our Yaletown Cocktail Crawl designations. Israel continued on the Ume path after the plum wine inspired cocktail at House Special. His Ume No Hana featured botanist gin, plum wine, Benedictine, and chamomile – a drink that make you feel like sitting in the middle of a botanic garden. Ume No Hana Also a gin cocktail, the Jacob’s Ladder was my choice of drink, mixed with ginger rested gin, green chartreuse, orgeat, basil, and lime. Slightly less aromatic, it’s rather refreshing with the citrusy flavour. Jacob’s Ladder For our cocktail bites, we just checked what the freshest of the day was, and our [...]

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Vietnam’s Obstacles to Reform

Vietnam’s Obstacles to Reform

by Nam @ NamViet News

Despite the Vietnamese public’s lack of trust in the government, despite the government’s rights violations, reform remains a distant hope. The path to change is littered with obstacles, and what comes after is equally challenging. Vietnam’s economic woes might finally be turning a corner; however, the damage has been done, and its impact has been […]

Ice Cream Break at CHAU VeggiExpress

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I had brunch with JT on Commercial Drive and we were heading back to Richmond. It was a nice day and she was obviously in the mood for some dessert. She suggested CHAU VeggiExpress for some ice cream. To me, making vegan ice cream always seems a little challenging in order to show that creaminess. But since JT is a much pickier diner than I am, the ice cream should be good enough. I really liked the place as it was tastefully designed and decorated with elegant wallpaper and green climbing vines. The whole dining room was lively and charged with energy. I suppose it was the healthy options here might have made diners happier. I do miss living with my friend Julie, who was a vegetarian at the time. We made dinner together almost every night back then and I certainly benefited from eating less meat. CHAU VeggiExpress CHAU VeggiExpress We realized they gave me the wrong ice cream. I picked the Vietnamese Coffee Chocolate and JT got the Pandan Leaf. But they gave the Thai Ice Tea instead for some reason. But they quickly fixed the issue and we ended up having 3 scoops instead of 2 scoops. The Thai Ice Tea one tasted [...]

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A festive drink mash-up: nib cider

by Rosalie Atkinson @ Good Food

Season's greetings to delicious & warm winter drinks. Dandelion Chocolate has a quaint and affordable recipe for incorporating cocoa nibs into your holiday plans, in a new way.

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Grand Opening of Cactus Club Cafe at Richmond Centre

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Cactus Club Cafe Richmond, a popular dining and socializing venue in the city centre since 1992,  has made one great decision glamming up the downtown nightlife of Richmond.  Relocated from No. 3 and Lansdowne road to Richmond Centre mall, the new spot will attract much higher traffic of folks looking for food, drinks, and entertainment in the area. And It’s going to be the patio season here all year-long with their heated and enclosed patio, retractable roof, and sliding glass walls. I was invited to the grand opening of the new location accompanied by Jess (@domoiscraving), and we were greeted by a welcoming red carpet. The tasteful interior was designed by Vancouver’s Acton Ostry Architects, who had previously impressed the diners at the Cactus Club Cafe’s English Bay and Coal Harbour location. The main dining room features a massive bar in the centre surrounded by an energetic crowd. The celebrating cocktail of the evening was Late Harvest Daiquiri, made of white rum, blackberry, Saskatoon berry, cassis, lime, and elderflower. A vibrant and refreshing cocktail, it gives us a taste of the glamourous and exciting urban nightlife on the West Coast.   The beachside-themed back dining room features a green wall and comfortable seatings, boasting a posh [...]

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Fantastic Breakfast Burger at Storm Crow Tavern

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I came to Storm Crow Tavern with my friend JT for the Best Margarita Challenge during their Sunday brunch service. Just like their sister restaurant, Storm Crow Alehouse on West Broadway, they are known as Vancouver’s “Nerd Bar” with the Sci-Fi / Fantasy theme throughout the whole place. The dining areas seemed a lot cozier however, and we could also feel the casual vibes of Commercial Drive. Very good coffee here, a perfect fix for me after staying up late the night before. Time for the margarita! The Scarif Tropical Blast Margarita ($10) is made with plantain infused Tequila Blanco, Sieta Misterios Doba-Yej Mezcal, coconut milk, grilled pineapple, lime and brown sugar. It boasts a subtle but distinctive smokiness and great flavour from caramelized pineapple. For a minute I thought I was drinking a Pina Colada because of the rich creaminess from the coconut milk. Ignoring the technicalities, I found the cocktail very tasty and a perfect cure for the Sunday hangover. As it’s a cocktail creation for the Margarita Challenge, it might not be on their regular menu, but I’m sure they can make it for you if you ask for it. For food, I ordered the Replicant Breakfast Burger ($15), with house [...]

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Day Trip, L.A.,SoCal, Little Saigon Market & Asian Garden Mall- Orange County, Westminster, CA.

Day Trip, L.A.,SoCal, Little Saigon Market & Asian Garden Mall- Orange County, Westminster, CA.


Gypsy Living Traveling In Style

Little Saigon Market & Market Place Westminster, Orange County California , U.S.A. A Neighborhood in Orange County  To Market To Market Guide to Little Saigon, a Westminster neighborhood, in So…

New L.A. Breweries, Nitro Merlin + January Anniversaries

by Sean Inman @ Food GPS

Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People.

Someone “liberated” a “tarantula” in a “common space” in “Hermosa” while a “Dojo” searches for Dankness masters, but it all flows back to the fact that it is “Chinatown.” Yes, that was a bit of tortured prose, but references some new breweries that are planning on opening in 2018. A partial list of interest includes the following breweries. Tarantula Hill Brewing Company will be the first brewery in Thousand Oaks thanks to a 2016 change in zoning regulations. Named after the tallest point in Thousand Oaks, this possible July opener will also serve Neapolitan pizza and homemade ice cream. Common Space Brewery will be joining Hawthorne’s suddenly hot scene this fall, following L.A. Ale Works to the land of SpaceX. Liberation Brewing Company adds to the growing list of Long Beach breweries when it lands in the city’s Bixby Knolls area. The brewery is fronted by Dan Regan, former member of renowned local ska band, Reel Big Fish. Hermosa Brewing Company eschews the beach moniker and will also be serving up food alongside beer. They look to be opening earlier this year, rather than later. Modern Times will be opening their first Los Angeles location, the Dankness Dojo, at Olive...

New L.A. Breweries, Nitro Merlin + January Anniversaries

Listen To Food Republic Today: Phil Rosenthal

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Be sure to subscribe to Food Republic Today on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. And please rate the podcast and leave comments! Subscribe: Apple | Stitcher | Spotify | TuneIn The creator of Everybody Loves Raymond loves food, but you may have known that if you caught James Beard Award-winning I’ll Have What Phil’s Having, Phil Rosenthal’s first venture into food television. He’s back with Somebody Feed […]

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Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 4 – Fayuca

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Isreal suggested Fayuca as our last Yaletown Cocktail Crawl spot.   As one of the latest addition to the area’s Vibrant food scene, Fayuca has been impressing diners with their Northern Mexico inspired dishes with bold flavours and fresh ingredients. They were soon awarded a nomination for Canada’s Best New Restaurant 2017 by enRoute Magazine. As a fan of this super colourful cuisine, I was looking forward to our little cocktail adventure here. The dining room is tastefully designed, and the interiors remind me of the modern eateries in Southern California, which I am sure, would have a strong tight with their Northern Mexican approach. House fried tortilla was served right the way once our drinks arrived.   Israel ordered the Derbi Trike ($11), the Spanish version of the Sidecar, mixed with Torres 5-year brandy, Curacao, tamarind, lemon, and kaffir tincture. The exotic ingredients have given the brandy cocktail a bit more tartness and more depth of flavours. I would like to try the drink shaken and not served with ice because I would love it more if the flavours are more intense. Derbi Trike Derbi Trike I ordered the Mezcal Jamaica ($11) for myself, a drink marrying the smoky Mexican flavour from Sombra Artisanal Mezcal [...]

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Shopping & Food Centre | Little Saigon Plaza |

Shopping & Food Centre | Little Saigon Plaza |


Little Saigon Plaza

Bankstown's newest shopping and food precinct, Little Saigon Plaza is now open! Come visit us today at 462 Chapel Road in Bankstown.

Finally, A Home Biogas Converter That Won’t Break The Bank

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

When it comes to gas for heating your home and cooking, you’re pretty much tied to the utility company. HomeBiogas is a new home biogas converter and digester Kickstarted by 677 backers who pledged nearly half a million dollars to bring the idea of a waste-reducing independent fuel supply into fruition. What’s more, perks included donations to areas in need of steady […]

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Quick and Comforting Cantonese Dinner at Congee Noodle House

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

We can find great wonton noodle soup in Richmond, at restaurants like McKim, Tsim Chai Kee, and Double Double, representing the authentic flavours from Hong Kong or Guangzhou. But if you ask me where to go to find a good bowl of wonton noodle soup in the City of Vancouver, one on the list has to be Congee Noodle House on Broadway and Main. However, I wouldn’t call the place a favourite because I had received some terrible services there over the years. For someone who finds the taste of food more important than the service of the restaurant, this means something. However, when my mom was requesting a noodle house for dinner after we were driving around downtown, I thought I should take her to Congee Noodle House for a change, instead of our usual spot, Kwang Chow Congee Noodle house in the same neighbourhood. I don’t’ believe in banning a place with good food just because the service is bad. After all, I do find the taste of food more important than the service of the restaurant. Congee Noodle House We had a few of the most common Cantonese dishes and the flavours made us feel like back home in Guangzhou. The Beef Chow Fun [...]

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Good Food’s Holiday Gift Guide

by Rosalie Atkinson @ Good Food

We spoke to six L.A. chefs and sommeliers about their holiday gift recommendations for home cooks, so you didn't have to! Find out what the minds behind the City of Angels' hottest restaurants can't cook without.

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Supreme Court to rule on Trump’s powers to ban foreign travelers

Supreme Court to rule on Trump’s powers to ban foreign travelers

by The Washington Post @ Orange County Register

The Supreme Court on Friday said it will review whether President Donald Trump has the authority to ban travelers from certain countries in the name of national security, and will rule by June in what will be a major examination of the president's powers.

Authentic Cantonese Street Food at Snackshot

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Lin and I were looking for a dessert place after dinner, and he remembered seeing this small spot called Snackshot in his Marpole neighbourhood. The large mural painted with old streets of Hong Kong instantly caught my eyes. It was very cool to look at and making the customers feel like they were enjoying the street snack in Hong Kong. But the white light was a little bright for me, maybe it could dim a notch down to create a sweeter ambiance? Snackshot, Marple I grew in Guangzhou and we had very similar types of street food and snacks in our city to Hong Kong. I was enjoying the Taro Dessert Set, with everything made with taro in it – taro ice cream and taro mochi balls in a sweet taro soup, and there were some components made with sweet potatoes as well. The sweetness was of right amount. Taro Dessert Set Taro Dessert Set Lin enjoyed his Tangyuan, the glutinous rice flour dumplings stuffed with sweetened ground black sesame seed, in a subtly sweet broth with ginger flavour. It’s nice and simple, just like what I had when I was a kid in Guangzhou. tangyuan We also tried some [...]

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Welcome to The Saigon Kitchen

by ctao2013 @ The Saigon Kitchen

Saigon Kitchen is a popular casual dining Asian restaurant located in the heart of Downtown Hartford.  Open since the summer of 1985 in the historic Cheney Building, this action packed restaurant offers delicious tasting Asian cuisine at an affordable price—making it an excellent value.  Saigon Kitchen specializes in creating traditional Chinese-American favorites to fresh new +More

How is our chocolate addiction killing the environment?

by Simran Sethi @ Good Food

Journalist Simran Sethi sits down with the 38-year-old lawyer who inspired the world’s chocolate companies to tackle forest loss.

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Nuoc Mia Ninh Kieu: Featuring Sugar Cane in a Food Court

Nuoc Mia Ninh Kieu: Featuring Sugar Cane in a Food Court


Food GPS

Nuoc Mia Ninh Kieu combines the words for sugar cane juice (nuoc mia) and of a river in Vietnam. Wing Kwok and a partner opened their San Jose stall in 2002

Roasting Agave & Eating Tacos: A Oaxacan Adventure With Mezcal Unión

by rmartin @ Food Republic

People talk about Oaxaca like it’s a mystical place. Like on your first night there you’ll experience some hint of magic and it’ll guide your journey and you’ll go home feeling not so much refreshed but changed. Maybe the world will be a little clearer. Maybe you’ll see in the Technicolor of the craft-made spirit […]

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Stanton to decide whether to issue permits to four security companies at Tuesday, Jan. 23, meeting

Stanton to decide whether to issue permits to four security companies at Tuesday, Jan. 23, meeting

by Chris Haire @ Orange County Register

The City Council on Tuesday evening, Jan. 23, will decide whether to approve permits for four security companies who want to receive private patrol operator status in Stanton. Those companies and their locations are: American Life Security, 886 W. Kemp Court, Compton; Blackhawk Private Security, 1110 S. Rita Way, Santa Ana; Allied Universal Security Services, […]

Orange County vs. Houston: Two Vietnamese-Food Meccas In America. Two Very Different Menus. - Food Republic

Orange County vs. Houston: Two Vietnamese-Food Meccas In America. Two Very Different Menus. - Food Republic


Food Republic

Of all the places to find good Vietnamese food across the United States, two particular hotbeds stand out — Houston, Texas, and the wide swath of Orange Co

Asia garden mall, Westminster, California — by Tiv but really Dawn

Asia garden mall, Westminster, California — by Tiv but really Dawn


Trover

In little Saigon in Westminster, CA. I come here for the food and drinks. Most of these are foods that are not found in vietnamese...

L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer

by Joshua Lurie @ Food GPS

Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People.

The L.A. Beer Blast lets Food GPS readers know what’s new at select L.A. bars and restaurants with great beer selections. You’ll also discover beer-related events in the area. Transplants Brewing Turns 2, Ceremony + Anna’s Cider Sean Inman revisits Transplants Brewing in Palmdale for their second anniversary bash and was impressed with their beers. Taste “pure lemon” in Burial Beer Co.’s Ceremonial Session IPA. Support Anna’s Cider in Upper Ojai, a casualty of the Thomas fire. Numbered establishments on the map correspond to information below. Please note: craft beers rotate frequently at these establishments, and kegs might kick between the time we update the Blast and the time you arrive. 1. Verdugo Bar (Glassell Park) Beers of the Week: 1. Trumer Pils 2. Kern River Just Outstanding IPA 3. Founder Brewing Nitro Oatmeal Stout 4. Modern Times Critical Band IPA 5. Green Cheek Fest Friends Lager 2. Tuning Fork (Studio City) Beers of the Week: 1. MacLeod Walk The Plank 2. 2 Towns Ciderhouse Ginja Ninja 3. Bell’s Two Hearted 4. Pizza Port Swami IPA 5. Stone Scorpion Bowl IPA 3. The Surly Goat (West Hollywood) Beers of the Week: 1. Novo Brazil The Mango IPA 2. Big Sky...

L.A. Beer Blast: The Best in Local Craft Beer

The three children of matriarch Lien Pham run a Linwood spinoff of her legendary A.C. eatery Little Saigon

The three children of matriarch Lien Pham run a Linwood spinoff of her legendary A.C. eatery Little Saigon


Atlantic City Weekly

Unless a passing motorist catches a glimpse of the sign hanging over its entrance, it is easy to drive right by Little Saigon without even knowing it’s there.

Why You Need to Attend the Little Saigon Night Market

Why You Need to Attend the Little Saigon Night Market


Spoon University

Vietnamese street food, except in a parking lot.

The Little Saigon Night Market: The Other OC Night Market

The Little Saigon Night Market: The Other OC Night Market


The Busy Rats

Even though neither Andrew nor I are of Vietnamese descent, we often find ourselves traversing the colorful and unique walkways in Little Saigon. All the events we go to seem to be Vietnamese too! We were just joking yesterday that our website should be converted into the “Night Market Rats” because

Stock Photo - Vietnamese-American, adult woman, food court, Asian Garden Mall, city of Westminster, Orange County, California, United States

Stock Photo - Vietnamese-American, adult woman, food court, Asian Garden Mall, city of Westminster, Orange County, California, United States


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Download this stock image: Vietnamese-American, adult woman, food court, Asian Garden Mall, city of Westminster, Orange County, California, United States - E7PA9Y from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors.

Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 1 – Rodney’s Oyster House

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

It’s fortunate to have Israel as my Yaletown Cocktail Crawl buddy as he lives in the neighbourhood and loves food.  He recommended Rodney’s Oyster House because it’s one of his favourites. Although I love this place as well, I hesitated on the suggestion. They don’t really have a cocktail menu. In fact, they only have one cocktail available, which is the Zydeco Stew, their infamous bloody caesar. Despite of limited choices on cocktails, thanks to the delicious seafood and the staff with great energy, the whole experience here turned out to be an uber fun one. As Izakaya is the popular imported concept for hard-working professionals who like to have drinks after work,  the oyster houses are our own West Coast answers. If you’re a seafood lover, nothing is better than the happy hour filled with buck-a-shuck and chilled house white. If you prefer cocktails over wine,  there is always the seafood-friendly cocktail, bloody caesar. Rodney’s Oyster House Yaletown The Zydeco Stew is BIG! And besides the usual clamato mix and salted rim, it was filled with a great amount of finely shaved horseradish and a large tiger prawn as the garnish. The drink is not for people who prefer bland boring food [...]

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A Delightful Taste of Ukraine at Solodko Ukrainian Bakery

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Sergii and Iryna started their Ukrainian bakery business at the Steveston farmers’ market, and it took off quickly. By the end of the same summer, they were often sold out at 10 different markets. People just raved about their food. With their success, they launched Solodko Ukrainian Bakery at 444 Sixth St, New Westminster.  Today, I was the lucky plus-one of Areta (Foodgressing) for a tasting at Solodko.  It was an eye-opening experience as it was very different from what I knew about Ukrainian/Russian Food. Solodko Ukrainian Bakery I was amazed by how good the savoury dishes were here. Using fresh ingredients is the key. Instantly captivated the vibrant colour of the Borsch, the soup tasted even better with the rich flavours from all the vegetables.  It’s the hearty Ukrainian version of Ratatouille.  The Cabbage Rolls were delightful and I really enjoyed their slightly crunchy texture.  The Perogies surprised me with how delicate they were with the thin wrapper, very similar to Chinese dumpling. Making those dishes from scratch and with fresh ingredients makes such a difference, and I’m sure no one would go back to store-bought frozen ones after trying the perogies here.  The perogies also came with pan-fried onion and sour cream, both being great flavour enhancers. borsch, perogies [...]

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Tea Macchiato at Mr Mustache in Marpole

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

After trying the Cantonese dessert place Snackshot, we thought we would want to try more dessert spots in the area. It’s usually pretty quiet in the neighbourhood at night, and surprisingly there are quite a few places that are open until late.  Mr Mustache is one of the spots and it’s right next to Y&Y Dessert, another spot that we might be checking out next. The tea shop sells mostly Asian inspired mixed drinks, served in cold or hot. Besides the regular Taiwanese bubble tea options, their popular feature is the tea macchiato. I did find the term Tea Macchiato a little strange. Although it sounds kind of new here, it was made popular in Asia such as China or Singapore at least 5 – 7 years ago. The concept is to have a layer or milk/cream floating on top of the brewed tea. And the tea is consumed from sipping the tea through the luscious and flavourful milky layer.   And for the tea selection, besides typical green/black tea, fruit tea, and matcha, they offer Iron Budda oolong. I’m always a fan of good oolong as it has the refreshing taste of green tea, but has a depth of flavour because it’s [...]

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New Vegan Menu at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I was invited to check out Rocky Mountain Flatbread‘s new vegan menu. The evening also featured a vegan-themed improv comedy show by local comedians. The special menu features appetizers, soups, salads, artisan pizzas, and pasta.  Gluten-free options are available for the pasta and flatbread as well. Rocky Mountain Flatbread is known for their “Farm-to-Pizza” initiative, for which they are constantly searching for fresh in-season produce from local urban & rural farms to feature on their flatbread pizzas.  They are committed to using only local organic flours, free range organic meats, organic free range eggs, Ocean Wise seafood, local veggies from urban & rural farmers & local craft beers & local wines. The new vegan options are part of that commitment. Chef Oliver Zulauf has produced a new house-made “cau” cheese and drizzle made from cauliflower, which can be found on the vegan dishes on the new menu.  Here are some of the dishes we tried. Vegan Mushroom Caps white sangria   bruschetta with “cau” cheese bruschetta Vegan Wild Mushroom Pizza Vegan Salads and PIzzas Organic Rotini with Wild Mushroom Ragout gluten free cheese cake Visit rockymountainflatbread.ca to check out their new vegan menu among all their organic options. And also check out The Perfect [...]

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Farmers Tried for Fighting Police in Vietnam

Farmers Tried for Fighting Police in Vietnam

by Nam @ NamViet News

A Vietnamese court has begun hearing the trial of four fish farmers charged with attempted murder for fighting back against police and army officers seeking to evict them from their land last year. Landowner Doan Van Vuon and three male relatives are accused of using improvised explosive devices and shotguns and injuring seven security officers. […]

L.A. Beer & Food Festival, Kool Kief + The Rake

by Sean Inman @ Food GPS

Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People.

The Los Angeles beer festival calendar starts with a bang as the second annual L.A. Beer & Food Festival returns to Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake on Saturday, January 27, 2018. This was a fun and more intimate festival than others with beer and food booths snaking through rooms and outdoors. This year the L.A. County Brewers Guild event features 50 of L.A.’s independently-owned craft brewers pouring beers that you can then pair with food. It is a wonderful way to quickly and easily see and test how beers taste before, mid-bite, and after. On the beer side of the equation, I am looking forward to two groups of breweries. One category involves breweries that I haven’t had a beer from yet, and the other features breweries in which I need to get re-acquainted. In the former category are Zymurgy Brew Works and Pocock Brewing and in the latter are Mt. Lowe Brewing and Five Threads Brewing. Since there are so many breweries to choose from, you had better come with at least a bit of a game plan. You can drink by style or by geography or just pick the beers that have the best hop-related puns. This...

L.A. Beer & Food Festival, Kool Kief + The Rake

What To Eat In Solvang, California From Breakfast To Dinner

What To Eat In Solvang, California From Breakfast To Dinner

by Andrew London @ The Journey - The Busy Rats

This week, we want to take you on a tasting-tour of Solvang, the sleepiest Danish town in all of Southern California. This list will take you on a delicious journey from breakfast to desert, and features an unforgiving amount of sugar. So without further ado, the foodie's guide to Solvang!

Recap: Tasting Plates North Vancouver Brunch

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Vancouver Foodster’s latest Tasting Plates tour took place in North Vancouver during the brunch hours on a Saturday, helping foodies explore foodie culture and discover unique culinary in the Lower Lonsdale neighbourhood. Here are stops for our tasting journey, including: Welcome Ice Cream Palour Maru Korean Bistro The Juicery Co. Two Daughters Bakeshop Beere Brewing Company The adventure started at Welcome Palour, located at the heritage building, “The Hodson Block“. They are determined to serve the most authentic ice creams with natural ingredients. For the tasting, we started with a Cadeaux Brownie Hot Fudge Sundae. Cadeaux Brownie Hot Fudge Sundae We were showed this impressive looking device imported from Europe for our next tasting item, the Steamed Ice Cream Floats in hot chocolate, finished with a house made fudge chocolate sauce. Welcome Parlour Steamed Ice Cream Floats Our 2nd stop was at Maru Korean Bistro, where they serve tradition flavours with a modern twist. The tasting bite for the brunch crawl was called the Onigiri Stack, featuring a seasoned and grilled rice puck, topped with green onion, crispy shallot, “Gochujang” pulled pork, soft poached egg and nori, with a side of spring greens dressed with a persimon-truffle vinaigrette. Maru Korean Bistro It was fun to cut through [...]

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Tatang Li-em-po (Dose of Vitamin P)

by Joshua Lurie @ Food GPS

Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People.

A North Hollywood strip mall best known for Vallarta Supermarkets is now home to one of the Valley’s best Filipino restaurants: Tatang. Chef JR Martin and wife Chiho honor their cultural heritage in modern ways while tipping their caps to the past. The name Tatang translates from Tagalog to English as father. In this case, the father is JR’s late grandfather, dad to 16 children, including Martin’s mom, the family’s eldest child. From Tatang’s grill, I’d recommend ordering Li-em-po ($6.95). Thin slabs of heritage pork belly are marinated in tart calamansi juice, soy sauce, black pepper, garlic, and some water to thin out the sodium. Bellies are grilled until charred bits form, sliced into this strips that take dips in spicy vinegar, and served with cooling tomatoes. Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.

Tatang Li-em-po (Dose of Vitamin P)

Find Live Music and Great Ambiance at the Lobby Lounge of Fairmont Pacific Rim

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

It was my bud Lou’s birthday and we decided to have a night out in downtown. We started at the Lobby Lounge at Fairmont Pacific Rim. And it was a Friday afternoon, and the sizable lounge, like the main lounge of any Fairmont hotels, was charged with the TGIF energy. Live music was playing and the ambiance was tremendous. We started with a couple glasses of Boutinot Les Coteaux Schisteux, Séguret, Côtes du Rhône Villages, France, 2014 ($19). I was never the biggest fan of Cote du Rhone’s Syrah, or probably any Syrah, but this Grenache-Syrah blend was quite pleasant, slightly fruity and smooth. It’s always nice to try something different out of your comfort zone for wines, as the chemistry of tasting wine always gives you surprises. Boutinot, Les Coteaux Schisteux, Séguret, Côtes du Rhône Villages, France, 2014 We switched back to our usual choice of red, Pinot Noir. The Louis Max Pinot Noir Pays D’Oc Haute Vallée 2015 is a nice easy-drinking wine for conversation. It’s a rare find in Canada, and up to this date, I haven’t been able to find a distributor in North America. For a little bit of a snack to munch on, we ordered [...]

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A Radical Farm Bill is Born

by Good Food @ Good Food

Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s 'alternative farm bill' aims to spend more tax dollars on farms that produce food, and less on those growing animal feed and fuel. This article was originally published on CivilEats.

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Awesome Quesadillas & Margaritas at Patron Tacos and Cantina

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I always appreciate the bold flavors from different chilis and spices without missing the taste of any fresh or cooked ingredients in a Mexican dish. For such reason, I became a fan of the food at Patron Tacos and Cantina. As I was honoured with the judging duty for the Vancouver Foodster’s Best Margarita Challenge, I brought my friend MV to taste Patron’s Margarita creation. The creator and Patron’s bar manage, Israel Llamas, was shaking up the drinks for us.  The key to this creation is coconut! Mixed with a combination of coconut tequila, coconut milk, house-made syrup, and chili flakes makes this drink unique, the margarita has layers of bold flavours that excite all the senses.  I could imagine myself drinking this and dancing on the beach on a summer night in Cancun. Although the Coconut Spice Margarita ($9.95) was created for the competition and not on their regular menu, they would LOVE to make you one if you ask for it.     Coconut Spice Margarita @ Patron Tacos & Cantina For food, we first tried the Sopecitos ($13.50), three handmade thick corn tortillas topped with beans, lettuce, feta, and radish,  and we chose each of the 3 toppings of chorizo, beef [...]

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Little Saigon Night Market

Little Saigon Night Market


Uniformly Dressed

Annual street food festival celebrates Vietnamese cuisine and more in Orange County.

Halal Uyghur and Chinese Cuisine Reinvented at Beijiang Restaurant

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Don’t mistake the “Beijiang” in Beijiang Restaurant as “Beijing”! Bei-Jiang in Chinese refers to the northern part of Xinjiang Autonomous Territory, the largest province in China. Almost every single Chinese folk knows about the Tianshan Mountain, or literally, the “Heavenly Mountain”, a world heritage site in Xinjiang that has inspired many works of Chinese arts and literature. The mountain is the divider splitting Xinjiang into the northern and the southern regions. While the south consists of mostly desserts and is inhabited by Uyghurs, the north is much more populated with Han, Hui, Uyghur, Kazakh, and other Chinese ethic groups. The owner of Beijiang Restaurant, Richard Li, grew up in Ürümqi, the Capital of Xinjiang. After traveling around the world, and a successful restauranteur career in California and BC, he decided to start the very first Halal restaurant in British Columbia, to bring his hometown flavours to Metro Vancouver in 2009.  Recently relocated from Alexandra Road, the Richmond restaurant has taken over former Good Eat Seafood Restaurant‘s location at 8111 Leslie Road, with a much bigger dining room and a parking lot with ample space.  Beijiang also has another location in Vancouver, at 3281 Kingsway. Beijiang Restaurant The interiors are impressive with a vibrant colour scheme of [...]

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Little Saigon in Yaletown - PickyDiners.com

Little Saigon in Yaletown - PickyDiners.com


PickyDiners.com

I came to find out about Little Saigon from my friend Areta (Foodgressing) and her picture on the restaurant’s salad roll. At the time I had only seen a Vietnamese salad roll wrapped like this at Anh and Chi . I thought they must be a step up from the average pho joints in the city and a new addition to the list of high-end Vietnamese restaurants in the city. But when I found myself sitting down with Food Wench at Little Saigon after our happy hour meet, I found the restaurant quite small and cozy.  There was a beautiful mural of a lady in a red painted on the back wall and the front counter, elevating the place with a touch of class and culture. However, the place seemed a bit cramped as the dining room was fully filled with diners. Little Saigon, Yaletown Naturally, I ordered the Grill Chicken Salad Roll ($9.50), the dish that got my attention on Instagram, so that I could find out if it would taste as good as it looks.  The grilled chicken was very flavourful in the salad roll. We didn’t even need the dipping sauce that came with the dish. I did find it a little odd to [...]

Great Quick Service on Pre-Movie Dinner at Dublin Crossing

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I was meeting up with Lin for a movie at Cineplex Martine Gateway on Saturday. We arrived at the theatre at 9:45 pm, just an hour before our show.  Coming from his tennis game without having had dinner, Lin was starving. We decided to grab a quick bite. I thought Pink Elephant Thai would be the choice for a fast meal, but they were already closed. It was a bit weird ’cause they were supposed to close at 10 pm? So we decided to eat at Dublin Crossing Irish Pub if they could serve us food in time.  It was pretty busy inside the pub and we asked a server how fast the food would be, she smiled and quickly checked with the kitchen. “No problem”, we could serve you anything on our menu within 20 mins. We both got some Irish beer – a crisp and refreshing Harp Larger ($8.50) for Lin and a dark and malty Murphy’s Stout ($8.50). Sitting right beside the stage and the live music, the mood was instantly lightened up. Maybe we should come here to drink and relax next time, not for a rushed meal. Harp Lager & Murphy’s Stout Lin’s Steak Sandwich ($16.95) was topped with [...]

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2018 Beer Predictions, Nice Chucks + January Plan

by Sean Inman @ Food GPS

Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People.

It is time to gaze into the crystal ball. Don’t shake it or the yeast will start swirling amidst the hazy IPA inside. Here is what I think could happen in the world of independent beer in 2018. 1. Each year it seems that breweries get the idea that they should sell to the large Los Angeles beer market. We reap the benefit for a few months, but then the distribution flags and poof!; the brewery retreats. I expect this to happen again, but with more breweries flowing out than coming in for the first time. 2. 22-ounce bombers will fade quicker this year as more 16-ounce cans and 32-ounce crowlers take over. We are already seeing the re-emergence of the six-pack as well. 3. Taproom-only releases will start to be seen on beer shop shelves and more kegs will be spotted as well. Beer has to be made to a certain scale and if the beer sits at a brewery too long, it will eventually make its way elsewhere. 4. There will be at least four big buyouts / purchases as consolidation starts to take hold but SABInBev and their High End portfolio might be silent this year. 5.THE...

2018 Beer Predictions, Nice Chucks + January Plan

Is charcoal coffee worth the hype?

by Abbie Fentress Swanson @ Good Food

Cafe owners say customers are willing to pay extra for charcoal in their coffee for its detoxifying effects and because the drinks look fabulous.

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The Insider’s Guide to Little Saigon in San Jose - BayArea

The Insider’s Guide to Little Saigon in San Jose - BayArea


BayArea

Unlike other ethnic enclaves such as San Francisco’s Chinatown or Japantown, San Jose’s Little Saigon flies under-the-radar in terms of popularity with tourists and even some locals. That said, with over 180,000 residents, Little Saigon has more Vietnamese residents than any other city in the world outside of Vietnam, according to Visit San Jose. So …

25 best things to eat in Little Saigon

25 best things to eat in Little Saigon


NamViet News

The scent of Little Saigon hits me in the face. An intoxicating perfume of jackfruit and bananas and the vanilla-y scent of pandanus leaves wraps itself around me in a warm, tight embrace. It’s a s…

Kiriri Sushi: Authentic Japanese Taste in Richmond

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

As a sushi lover, I have found Richmond’s sushi scene slightly underrated. There is a great number of sushi places in the city that harbour classically trained Japaneseaese chefs from Japan, where you are served with high-quality seafood and expert sushi technique. And Kiriri Sushi is one of them. I had been wanting to check out Kiriri for quite a long time, and finally I convinced my badminton buddies to get dinner here after our game. Although it wasn’t much to look at from outside, Kiriri was quite elegant and cozy inside. It kind of reminded me of Sushi Hachi, another authentic sushi spot hidden in a small strip mall in Richmond, although Hachi is much smaller and only run by the chef and his wife. The friendly waiter came to our table with an iPad with a selection of daily fresh seafood. We shared the Special Tamago (egg) Roll, one of the daily specials. The regular size of the roll might be a little too small to be shared by 5 of us, but the chef customized it so that we could all have a nice big piece each with paying just a little extra. The flavour of the meat and veggie [...]

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'Terror in Little Saigon' — an old war comes to a new country

'Terror in Little Saigon' — an old war comes to a new country


Public Radio International

"Terror in Little Saigon" is an investigative documentary from Frontline and ProPublica. It looks into the unsolved murders of a string of Vietnamese-American journalists in cities across the US in the 1980s.

Peking Duck by Korean Chef Fell Short at Man Ri Sung

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I came here with my old UBC friends for our monthly gather. We ended up getting 2 of their Peking Duck Dinner for 6 ($113.99).  It sounds a little strange to have Peking Duck at a Korean restaurant, but apparently, the chef was trained in Beijing for the craft of making Peking BBQ Duck. I was curious and looking forward to the dining experience with Korean cuisine blending with Chinese. The Peking Duck Dinner includes the following: Whole Peking Duck – Duck with Pancakes Korean BBQ Ribs Seafood Pancake Korean Dumplings, or Japchae (Pan Fried Sweet Potato Noodles), or Rice Sausage Duck Meat Hot Pot with Hand-cut Noodles, or Duck Meat Congee Like most of the Korean BBQ restaurants, the Banchan plates (small side dishes) were served before the main dishes came. They looked and tasted pretty standard here. As the star of the evening, the Carved Peking BBQ Duck with Pancakes came out pretty quickly. I wish the chef had shown us the whole duck before having it carved up. The chef carved the duck in the traditional Beijing style, with each slice with equal parts of skin and meat.  Peking Duck is a popular dish in a lot of Cantonese [...]

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Justin Timberlake Served (And Ate) Insects At His Album Launch

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

Pop singer Justin Timberlake is a woodsman now, everyone! If the album art for his latest release, Man of the Woods (out February 2nd), didn’t tip you off immediately, the menu for yesterday’s launch party in New York City should do the trick. The AP reports that partygoers enjoyed “ants coated in black garlic and […]

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Celebrate Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival with King Crab Dinner at Western Lake Seafood Restaurant

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

It doesn’t matter where we are,  autumn is the season of celebrating the harvest. Whereas we have Thanksgiving In Canada, Chinese folks celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, which lies on the full moon night of the 8th moon cycle in the lunar calendar.  For this day many Chinese families hold reunions, and many Chinese folks travel back to their hometowns for the special occasion, just like how many Canadians do for Thanksgiving. And the most common way of celebration of the festival is a feast on traditional dishes, newly harvested fruits, and mooncake. I was honored to be invited to Western Lake Seafood Restaurant for a taste of their special Mid-Autumn Festival dinner. The special dinner set for 10 features whole Alaskan king crab, whole Peking duck, classic Cantonese dishes, and mooncakes. Having crab in autumn is a tradition in many regions of China, mentioned in some of the most well-known Chinese literature such as Dream of Red Chamber (紅樓夢). Incorporating native luxury ingredients of North America such as king crab into the Chinese dishes is just ingenious as it reflects both the tradition and the modern world.  The dishes in this feast all turned out incredibly delicious, making me feel blessed living in Vancouver. [...]

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Bonus Lobster Not Worth It at 54th Ave Cafe

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

It’s a known fact that my mom’s got a weakness for lobster. And when she saw the ad for 54th Ave Cafe on Ming Pao, she wanted to give their special dinner set a try. The set includes any 2 dishes from the dinner menu and a whole lobster for $58.95 before tax. The place is pretty close to Richmond, only minutes away once I get off Knight Bridge.  It is a small restaurant in a strip mall near Champlain Community Centre. Besides offering Hong Kong Style cafe fare, they have a full Chinese kitchen for Cantonese dish. For the dinner set, there’s a big bowl of soup of the day brewed from pork bones and vegetables. It was a little bland. We chose the Whole Lobster to be stir-fried with onion and ginger. The lobster was small and slightly overcooked. The 2 dishes we picked on their regular dinner menu were around $15 – $18 if ordered separately. The Chicken and Scallops Stir Fry on Gai Lan was in a huge portion. The flavour was okay but it was a little greasy. The Big Prawns and Yam Noodle Knots in Clay Pot was recommended by the waitress, but I was a little [...]

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Eggel and Cinnamon Bun at the Original Solly’s Bagelry

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

When our business support group decided to meet up at Solly’s Bagelry on Main Street, it brought instantly brought me to the memories from my university days. But wait, the original Solly’s Bagels was NOT on Main Street. Wow, it had been so long that I didn’t even know they had moved.  Back then, I did get lots of bagels at their old location on 29th and Main, and I even had a little reward card that I was working on to get my free half dozens.  Solly’s Bagelry So technically this is their newest location on Main and King Edward, aka Solly’s “Up Main”. They have 2 other locations – on Yukon and 8th, as well as in Kitsilano on West Broadway. Besides bagels and a variety of other traditional Jewish baked goods and deli items, they also serve all day breakfast made with fresh ingredients. Solly’s Bagelry Their coffee is supplied by Milano Coffee Roaster, where they produce award-winning java blends. Milano Coffee I wasted no time digging into my Eggel ($4.45) and savoured every single bite. Everything – from the “everything” bagel, the perfectly cooked egg, to the seasoning, tasted so fresh and delicious. eggel @ solly’s The [...]

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Good Food’s best books of 2017

by Rosalie Atkinson @ Good Food

Looking for a thoughtful gift for the foodie in your life? Evan Kleiman and Celia Sack have narrowed down their favorite cookbooks of 2017. Spoiler: there's a lot.

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National Popcorn Day, Free Dumplings, Cochon555: This Week In Food Events

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Happy National Popcorn Day! Find out which movie theater in Brooklyn is celebrating with a fancy bowl. Heading out to the Women’s March tomorrow? There’s a bar is hosting a charity happy hour! Looking to celebrate the Grammy’s return to New York City? Chef JJ Johnson knows exactly the place. All that and more in this […]

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Yummy Food Court in Little Saigon Plaza

Yummy Food Court in Little Saigon Plaza


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Find Yummy Food Court in Little Saigon Plaza in Grand Rapids with Address, Phone number from Yahoo US Local. Includes Yummy Food Court in Little Saigon Plaza Reviews, maps & directions to Yummy Food Court in Little Saigon Plaza in Grand Rapids and more from Yahoo US Local

Mr. Chevon Hutchinson: Manchester, Jamaica

Mr. Chevon Hutchinson: Manchester, Jamaica

by The Busy Rats @ The Journey - The Busy Rats

This week, we had the pleasure of interviewing Chevon Chevy Chase Hutchinson about his life in Jamaica. Read on to hear all about picturesque sunsets, delicious seafood, Jamaica's rich history, and it's welcoming, beautiful people. 

Taste of Yaletown 2017: XOXOLAT

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

  Yaletown is one of Vancouver’s premier dining districts. Taste of Yaletown 2017 edition is now on until October 27th, inviting local and traveling food lovers for the best dining experience at reasonable price.  This year, special dishes will be served at 26 premier restaurants throughout the neighbourhood,  featuring 3-course meals themed ‘Parings and Sharings’ at set prices of $25, $35, and $45, and offering exclusive culinary creations, innovative pairings, and special menus. I had a chance to taste what they offer at XOXOLAT, a chocolate shop Inspired by the European “chocolateries”. They are determined to become a local Vancouver chocolate haven, with the selection of fine brands from around the world, as well as fresh in-store creations.  $25 TASTE OF YALETOWN MENU FOR TWO Available 4 pm to 6 pm Wednesday to Saturday during Taste of Yaletown. Reservations recommended. Each person will have: 3 WHISKEY TASTINGS and A SELECTION OF 8 CHOCOLATE TREATS It was quite interesting pairing whiskey and chocolate. I have tried tasting dark chocolate with cognac, which is a nice balance of flavours. I could understand whiskey would go well with something sweet, cutting through the sweetness with strong smokey notes, obtaining the harmony on the palate.     xoxolat yaletown * All [...]

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Nostalgia to Go at Lâm Vân, Little Saigon's Ultimate Mini-Food Court

Nostalgia to Go at Lâm Vân, Little Saigon's Ultimate Mini-Food Court


OC Weekly

Second-generation Vietnamese-Americans have now taken the baton from their elders and are fundamentally remaking Little Saigon's dining scene. From here on out, expect the Dos Chinoses, Nudo Nudos and Afterses of the world to take over the pho palaces, Hue houses and bánh mì barns of before. Progress is inevitable,...

Recap: Food Talks 15, Presented by Vancouver Foodster

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I was fortunate to attend Food Talks 15, presented by Richard Wolak, founder of Vancouver Foodster and Food Talks  The event featured 5 Speakers who are the forces to reckoned with from Vancouver’s food community. It took place at Pacific Restaurant Supply. According to Richard, he created the Food Talks to educate people in our community about the food that they consume, it is about awareness as much as it is about lifestyle. The Food Talk is also a social gathering which is more than hearing great people talk about their passion, it is also a chance for the community to meet and mingle over delicious appetizers, sip on wine and ask questions from our leading panel of experts. Richard Wolak at Food Talks 15 Pacific Restaurant Supply The lineup of the speakers (from left to right): Ian Bruce (Founder, Umaluma Gelato),  Jason Gilron (President, Pacific Restaurant Supply),  Caren McSherry (Founder, Gourmet Warehouse),  Paul Grunberg (Co-Owner L’Abattoir and Osteria Savio Volpe),  Brian Turko (Owner & Master Roaster, Milano Coffee), Ian Bruce, Jason Gilron, Caren McSherry, Paul Grunberg Brian Turko The theme of the event was From Your Roots. Our speakers shared the journeys from their humble past to their present accomplishment [...]

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Kitchenette Pork Posole Verde (Dose of Vitamin P)

by Joshua Lurie @ Food GPS

Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People.

Bishop-born brothers Michael Kobayashi and chef Chris Kobayashi opened Artisan in Paso Robles, setting the bar for seasonal comfort food in the then-sleepy Central Coast town. In the past decade-plus, the area’s shown a far deeper culinary commitment level. Competition has grown, but Artisan continues to thrive. The brothers moved Artisan to Paso’s main square in 2013 and extended south in 2015, opening a cafe-bakery called Kitchenette in neighboring Templeton. Kitchenette limits their menu to breakfast and lunch. From 8 a.m. to noon, the Kobayashi brothers serve great versions of American classics like ricotta pancakes and corned beef hash, plus several Mexican dishes. I enjoyed their play on pork posole verde, a hearty Mexican hominy stew. They favor a thicker broth with a moderate amount of spice and tang. They pile on juicy seared pork chunks, quarter-sized cuts of linguica, creamy avocado, crunchy cabbage, savory crumbled feta, punchy jalapeño, and clipped chives. A crispy fried soft-boiled egg is sliced in half and sports gooey a yolk that draws the eye. Not all ingredients are Mexican, but it’s clear the Kobayashi brothers are familiar with the dish, and represent it well. Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from...

Kitchenette Pork Posole Verde (Dose of Vitamin P)

Clam chowder: Where to chow down in the Bay Area

by BayArea.com team @ BayArea

You don’t have to be a Bostonian to revel in chowdah. Clam chowder is every bit as beloved on the West Coast, where chefs at waterside restaurants — and more than a few inland — pride themselves on their creamy New England-style soup, whether it’s served in porcelain bowls or rounds of sourdough bread. But you don’t […]

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How the "Vietnamese Madonna" Came to Own a Bánh Mì Shop in Little Saigon | KCRW Good Food

How the "Vietnamese Madonna" Came to Own a Bánh Mì Shop in Little Saigon | KCRW Good Food


Good Food

In Orange County, California, there’s no shortage of restaurants selling bánh mì, that delicious Vietnamese sandwich featuring a crunchy baguette filled with grilled meat, pate, fresh and pickled vegetables. The OC’s Little Saigon is home to the largest Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam.  But go to the town of Westminster and you can see a pop star behind the counter, a woman known as the Vietnamese Madonna.Read More

Tide Pod Challenge, Movies, Super Bowl: 10 Hot Topics On Food Republic

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Film and television award season is upon us, which got us thinking about all the movies we saw in 2017. We also got excited for the documentaries and television coming in the near future. We’re also getting on some winter travel: New York wasn’t cold enough for us so we checked out some of the […]

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2010 Fuji Rock Festival Food Stalls

by noreply@blogger.com (e d b m) @ Eat Drink & Be Merry. Food, Travel and Photography in Los Angeles and Beyond.


Here's 5:50 mins of pure food. The food alone at the Fuji Rock Festival is worth the trip. Simply press mute when the high-pitched, nasal-voiced people get on your nerves. Enjoy.

Vancouver Christmas Market 2017

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Vancouver Christmas Market is Back! One of Vancouver’s most iconic holiday celebrations has returned to its waterfront location,  at Jack Poole Plaza from November 22 – December 24, 2017, a full month long of festivities where everyone is welcomed to enjoy eating, drinking and shopping. There are 75 vendors this year offering food, drinks, and merchandise, also featuring many family activities and live entertainment. I was invited as media to celebrate all those cherished and joyful experiences.   Canada’s First Ever Walk-In Christmas Tree By the entrance, a 30ft tall Christmas tree welcomes guests to enter to experience a majestic moment as they are immersed in a sea 36,000 twinkling lights. Christmas Pyramid The Christmas Pyramid has also returned, but it is taller than ever with the addition of a brand new ‘Flying Stage’, towering 10 ft high. The Flying Stage is hosting a daily festive entertainment line-up,  featuring musical talents from jazz, blues, folk, pop, classical, and gospel. Mulled Wine and Drinks At the bottom of the Christmas Pyramid, guest can order their favourite Glühwein, a hot-spiced mulled wine that brings them a sweet, warm and spiced holiday spirit. A variety of coffees (Schnappsl Kaffee Haus), ciders (Das Apfelhaus) and beers (Bavarian Haus, Persephone Brewing Co) are also served at the Market. Organagan [...]

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Pepper Lunch Canada’s 2nd Location in Richmond

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Since I work from home a lot more these days, I have been trying quite a few new lunch places in Richmond. Central at Garden City is the latest shopping plaza, not just known for the newest Walmart in the Lower Mainland, but also a collection of many new stores and restaurants. Today I was grabbing a quick lunch at Pepper Lunch Canada’s newest location here. The Japanese restaurant chain is known for their sizzling hot lunch served on cast iron plate, prepared with fresh ingredients, including a variety of premium meats such as AAA grade steaks I didn’t feel like spending too much money on today’s lunch, so I picked the moderately priced Sliced Angus Steak (4.5 oz) lunch set. It also came with some veggies – pre-blanched carrots, snap peas, and bean sprouts, a bowl of rice, and 2 types of sauce for the steak. I prefer the garlic sauce over the sweeter one . Sliced Angus Steak Set Pepper Lunch Canada, Central at Garden City Pepper Lunch Canada, Central at Garden City Pepper Lunch Canada, Central at Garden City     On paper, a 4.5-oz sliced Angus steak with rice lunch set should be the same amount of food [...]

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A food tour of Little Saigon for first-time visitors

A food tour of Little Saigon for first-time visitors


Nguoi Viet Online

The rising food scene in Little Saigon in Orange County, Calif., has attracted the attention of connoisseurs and curiosity of foodies around the world. Even folks who travel to the area from Vietna…

Special Lunch Set at Insadong Korean BBQ Has Good Value

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I  have met a new friend Carol at my new class at Douglas College’s Coquitlam campus and she happens to be a foodie. She wanted to show me some restaurants in Coquitlam and I was very excited about it. I was instantly impressed with the wood structured front entrance, which reminded me of the houses in the countryside of Korea. Insadong Korean Restaurant, Coquitlam We arrived early around 11:30 and it was pretty empty inside the restaurant. The place is spacious and can fit in quite a few big groups. The interior deco looked new although not quite modern. Everything looked spotless, however. Insadong Korean Restaurant, Coquitlam The server lady was serving us with a huge smile. But my friend has warned me about the service when this place is packed. So luckily that was not the case for me.   Insadong Korean Restaurant, Coquitlam We ordered the $15 lunch set for 2. It was a lot of food! And the idea is similar to what I had before at Sura Korean Restaurant (at both their Downtown Vancouver and Richmond locations) – there are 9 different dishes for 2 to share, not counting the small banchan dishes. $15 Lunch Set @ Insadong [...]

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New York’s cult favorite Shake Shack is coming to Palo Alto

by Linda Zavoral @ BayArea

Shake Shack, the cult-favorite burger restaurant that started out as a hot dog cart in New York’s Madison Square Park, is finally coming to the Bay Area. The inaugural restaurant will go in at Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto — with a look reminiscent of that first Shake Shack. According to spokeswoman Kristyn Clark, the […]

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Wide Eyes Open Palms The Schmancy (Drink of the Week)

by Joshua Lurie @ Food GPS

Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People.

Seasonal comfort food and specialty coffee has become much more prominent pairing in L.A. County since SQIRL and G&B Coffee co-habitated in 2012. Chef Kat McIver and partner/barista Angie Evans execute both facets beautifully in Long Beach at Wide Eyes Open Palms, which started at the Sunday Alamitos Bay Farmers Market and now exists near 4th Street’s Retro Row. The concept is clearly derivative of SQIRL, but has developed a distinctive charm. Brunch is the star at this tiny, but airy space that includes twin wood counters, art-lined white walls, and two sidewalk tables. WEOP celebrates multiple coffee roasters, rotating between beans from West Coast companies like Four Barrel from San Francisco, Heart from Portland, and during my visit, Augie’s Coffee from Redlands. Their two-group La Marzocco espresso machine helps fuel classics, plus specialty drinks like peppermint mocha and ginger cinnamon latte. The Schmancy ($5.50) is a cold brew mocktail inspired by the Old Fashioned, a cocktail that typically includes either Bourbon or Rye whiskey, a sugar cube, Angostura bitters, one Luxardo cherry, and often an orange peel garnish. In this case, Evans favors chocolatey, fruity coffees from countries like Ethiopia and Guatemala. [This version featured Guatemalan coffee from Augie’s.]...

Wide Eyes Open Palms The Schmancy (Drink of the Week)

Sea Fortune Restaurant: Dim Sum and Crispy Squid

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

The post is the compilation of several dim sum visits I paid to Sea Fortune Restaurant in Richmond. If you have been following my blog, you probably know that I live very close to Richmond Centre, and great dim sum places like Empire Seafood, Kirin or Shi Art, are all only within walking distance.  However, Sea Fortune came to my attention by word of mouth, especially their Deep Fried Squid and the early morning discount. I found the dim sum here, although not the best among the competitors, enjoyable. And if you ordered before 11 am, there is a 20% discount, making it a decent deal. The Har Gow / Shrimp Dumpling is always the first test for me evaluating any dim sum place on the first visit. I found the dumpling skin here a little thick but the shrimp filling was fresh and crunchy. The famous Seven-Flavour Deep Fried Squid here consists of all squid tentacles. The very first bite caught me surprised because it was so juicy under the crispy breading that there was a burst in my month! This is definitely an exciting dish. However, on my 2nd visit, the squid was a little dry as the squid tentacles [...]

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We Dig The Ludlow’s Guide To Eating In NYC’s Lower East Side

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

If there’s one thing New York City hotels all need, it’s a friendly, concise, expertly curated guide to the neighborhood’s best eats. Lower East Side mainstay The Ludlow is handing out these cool little maps to make sure you end up exactly where you want. Here’s the map’s legend — check out all these great […]

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Treasure Island’s new restaurant: Here’s a first peek

by Jackie Burrell @ BayArea

We don’t usually visit a restaurant when it first opens. Critiquing a brand new anything, when it’s still working out its jitters, strikes us as wildly unfair. But we were so curious about Mersea, the casual new Treasure Island eatery from executive chef Parke Ulrich (Waterbar, Mersea), we could hardly contain ourselves. Thirteen recycled shipping containers? […]

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Child Prodigy Chef Flynn McGarry Documentary To Debut At Sundance

Child Prodigy Chef Flynn McGarry Documentary To Debut At Sundance

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Flynn McGarry has cooked at some of the country’s top restaurants like Alinea, Alma and Eleven Madison Park, created supper clubs and hosted numerous pop-ups in Los Angeles and New York City all before the age of 17. Now at 19 years old, McGarry’s back in the headlines, this time to star in the documentary Chef Flynn. […]

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Chefs Gallery the art of Chinese cuisine

by developer @ Little Saigon Plaza

Chefs Gallery and its art of Chinese cuisine is the jewel in the crown of the glittering new Little Saigon Plaza in Bankstown. Its culinary razzle dazzle and sumptuous art […]

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Recap: Judging Best Margarita Challenge by Vancouver Foodster

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

This year’s Best Margarita Challenge has 5 contestants all over Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Check out my YouTube video here! The Pawn Shop YVR Web: http://thepawnshopyvr.com Blueberry Elderflower Margarita A post shared by PickyDiner (@pickydiner) on Sep 1, 2017 at 5:40pm PDT Price: $9.95 Description: made with Casamigos Blanco, St. Germaine Elderflower, Triple Sec, lime juice, blueberry syrup, Salt Rim and Lime Wheel Float. Created by: Casey Brady   Stormcrow Tavern Web: http://www.stormcrowtavern.com/ Scarif Tropical Blast Margarita A post shared by PickyDiner (@pickydiner) on Sep 4, 2017 at 10:56am PDT Price: $10 Created by: Cole Hayton Description: Lower your shields with the Scarif Tropical Blast Margarita! Made with Plantain infused Tequila Blanco, Sieta Misterios Doba-Yej Mezcal for that smoky just-shot blaster flavour, Storm Trooper collected coconut milk, AT-ACT grilled pineapple, lime, brown sugar and salted rim. It’ll make you forget about the Imperial Troopers shooting at you and let you become one with the Force.   Ban Chok Dee Web: http://www.banchokdee.com CoCo-MangoRita A post shared by PickyDiner (@pickydiner) on Sep 10, 2017 at 12:31pm PDT Price: $10 Created by:  Parinya Loptson Description: A Taste of Thai mix – Tamarind and palm sugar with Mexican Coconut Tequila, Mezcal and mix Citrus really [...]

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Discover: Kanab

by @ Wikitravel

When eating at Houston's restaurant in Kanab, Utah, tip the servers well; they pack pistols, although it's just for show -- allegedly.

Pho Vietnamese Restaurant Falls Church VA | Best Pho Near Me Virginia

Pho Vietnamese Restaurant Falls Church VA | Best Pho Near Me Virginia


Eden Center

Come visit DC’s premier destination for Vietnamese cuisine & specialties. We're happy to welcome your friends and family to an authentic cultural experience

Bone-in steaks (even filets): Prime 109 expanding to Santa Clara

by Linda Zavoral @ BayArea

The restaurant team that brought bone-in steaks and prime rib to Fremont is expanding its upscale concept to Santa Clara. Prime 109 Steak & Libation House will open Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the former Bennigan’s on Great America Parkway near Levi’s Stadium. What’s the name mean? The “prime 109” is what steakhouses and prime rib palaces order […]

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5 QUESTIONS | Chef Thitiwat Tantragarn of Insects in the Backyard

by Abbie Fentress Swanson @ Good Food

The young chef is convinced that eating bugs is the answer to feeding the world.

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Chef Leung’s Classic Dishes at Hoitong Chinese Seafood Restaurant 海棠海鮮酒家

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

When arriving at Hoitong, a 40-seat Chinese restaurant tucked in a tiny strip mall on Westminster Hwy,  although is clean and cozy, most people will find it far from their expectation,  a winner of several local Chinese restaurant awards and an honourable mention for the Best Upscale Chinese Restaurant in 2016. In the Hoitong’s kitchen, there is the 70-year-old chef and owner Leung Yiu Tong who specializes in classic Cantonese dishes from the Shunde region. And that’s what you come here for. Shunde is a satellite town of Guangzhou (Canton), the capital of Guangdong Province. In China, there’s a saying – all the best Cantonese restaurants are in Guangzhou (Canton) but all the best Cantonese chefs are from Shunde. After his establishment in Hong Kong, Chef Leung brought the master craft to Vancouver and opened Hoitong. The restaurant is popular so we had to call in to reserve a table. There are also dishes that they only serve if ordered 24 hours in advance, such as the Lotus Leaf Rice Wrap and the Steamed Rockfish. We ordered one Deep Fried Squab, which is in this category. I had heard this place was pricey and it showed on their menu, with hardly any dishes [...]

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Waterfront Cocktails at Pier 73

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

We were at the wedding of Jess and Phil(@domoiscraving). And yes, #DomoIsMarring! Their beautiful wedding was held at Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond.  I never knew they had such a beautiful garden here, which is great for wedding ceremonies. After the ceremony, we decided to get a cocktail at the hotel resident restaurant, Pier 73. The spot is right over Fraser River and the views are beautiful, especially on a nice day like this. When we were there, the outdoor dining area on the dock was still under renovation.  I would definitely come back here on a warmer day. PIER 73 I ordered the Dragon Boat ($10), featuring Bombay Saffire gin, St. Germain, and grapefruit juice, and finished with a touch of jalapeno.  The concept of the drink is great but could use a bit more tartness from grapefruit. The slice of jalapeno was brilliant, adding another layer of flavour. Dragon Boat Food Wench’s choice of the Elderflower Collins ($11) surprised us as she always like something strong like with bourbon or whiskey.  It tasted pleasant with the mix of Gordon’s gin, lemon juice, elderflower liqueur, simple syrup, and soda. ELDERFLOWER COLLINS My 2nd drink was their signature, the Pier 73 [...]

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Best Vietnamese food in Little Saigon: The top 25 dishes to eat

Best Vietnamese food in Little Saigon: The top 25 dishes to eat


Orange County Register

The scent of Little Saigon hits me in the face. An intoxicating perfume of jackfruit and bananas and the vanilla-y scent of pandanus leaves wraps itself around me in a warm, tight embrace. It’s a s…

Ironsmith Coffee Roasters Turmeric Ginger Latte (Drink of the Week)

by Joshua Lurie @ Food GPS

Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People.

I’ve recently been visiting Ironsmith Coffee Roasters in Encinitas on Sundays to enjoy delectable baked goods from Crystal White and Wayfarer Bread, but the coffee bar is worth visiting in its own right. Raul Macias and Matt Delarosa launched Ironsmith to start 2015 and they’ve managed to accomplish a lot in a small space on Coast Highway. The art-lined cafe with black steel and light wood color scheme roasts coffee beans in-house and brews using a variety of methods. They take the process seriously and consider artistry when presenting drinks, even coffee-free drinks. Turmeric Ginger Latte ($5) is a recent triumph featuring raw spices, honey, and a choice of milk. Each latte is available either hot or over ice. Order the drink hot and each latte is steamed with a little bit of coconut oil to help the flavors bind together. The kicker is a fresh-cracked black pepper shower that adds contrast and a bit more spice.

Ironsmith Coffee Roasters Turmeric Ginger Latte (Drink of the Week)

Discover: Kota Kinabalu

by @ Wikitravel

The Hall of Skulls at Monsopiad Cultural Village outside Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia features 42 skulls of enemies, all killed by the warrior-hero Monsopiad.

Little Saigon Westminster Orange County Day Trip Things To See

Little Saigon Westminster Orange County Day Trip Things To See


Daytrippen.com

Little Saigon Westminster day trip things to do points of interest. Little Saigon is the largest Vietnamese shopping & restaurant district in California.To really appreciate this community, you need to park your car and take a walking tour. Stores are reasonably priced, a restaurant to fit every budget

Little Saigon - Restaurants - Hamilton

Little Saigon - Restaurants - Hamilton


YellowPages.ca

The famous Japanese supplier - Nishimoto has supplied us the very high quality and delicious ingredients for the below excellent Japanese dishes. Little Saigon offers the below men...

Sunday Brunch & Amazing Egg Benny at Bodega on Main

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I came to Bodega on Main with Hanson (Nosh and Nibble) for my judge duty for the Best Caesar Challenge. The restaurant had been on my wishlist since they moved from the West End to the current location near Main Street/Science World Station.  Known for their authentic Spanish family flavours, Bogeda offers a seafood-friendly food menu and a great selection of Spanish wines, beers, and spirits. It is quite bright and spacious inside the restaurant. The interior design is filled with European characters. The Premium Double Caesar ($12) was made with the options among Sons of Vancouver chili vodka, Altos blanco tequila, and Ford’s gin.  I chose tequila as I’d love a bit of a kick on my bloody caesar. The salt and spice rim added the extra punch on the flavours as well, and I enjoyed the garnish with Serrano ham, green olive, and shrimp. Created just for the competition, this cocktail is not on their regular menu. But ask them to see if they can whip it up for you. Premium Double Caesar   We tried a couple dishes on their Weekend Brunch menu. I absolutely loved my Huevos Benedictinos ($12), which in Spanish, means “Egg Benedict”,  The eggs [...]

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Recap: Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates UBC

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Back in the days when I was studying at UBC, the food choices on campus were not exactly amazing. Besides getting burger and beer at the Sub (the student union building back then), I could only get a taste of ethnic food at the Village food court. But according to Vancouver Foodster, there are many more gourmet options now. As he invited me to the Tasting Plates UBC , I was looking forward to the visit to the memory lane and discovering what’s new and exciting about my alma mater. And I took my buddy Graham, who used to go to UBC as well The old student union building, the Sub, is completely deserted now, waiting to be turned into something modern and impressive like many of the new architectures on the campus. The new student union building is called the Nest and is where we started our tasting adventure. The Nest The Delly has been serving deli-style food to students for over 40 years, including freshly made sandwiches, wraps, rice bowls, soups, salads and baked goods.   This evening they demonstrated how students are fed with delicious and healthy foods nowadays. The tasting plate included: A Taste of India Butter Chicken, Shahi Paneer, or Chana [...]

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Vietnamese folk hero jailed for 5 years

Vietnamese folk hero jailed for 5 years

by Nam @ NamViet News

HANOI — A court in northern Vietnam has sentenced two shrimp farmers charged with attempted murder during a land seizure to five years in prison. The case has stoked debate over crucial land use reforms in the country. On Friday, the Hai Phong People’s Court handed down the sentence to shrimp farmer Doan Van Vuon and […]

Yaletown Cocktail Crawl Part 2 – House Special

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

The second stop of our Yaletown Cocktail Crawl was at one of my favourite Vietnamese restaurants in downtown, House Special. I first reviewed the restaurant last summer after it was opened and revisited them several times. Their food, cocktails, and atmosphere have always held up since. House Special, Yaletown The chic interiors here fit right in with the hip crowd in the neighbourhood. And the patio is perfect for outdoor hangouts on warmer days. House Special, Yaletown For the cocktails, bar manager Bryan Stratham and his team have created a menu that plays with the classics but with clever Vietnamese twists, such as the Vietnaria, the Vietnamese version of Margarita but powered with kaffir and tamarind chili jam, and the Colonial 75, with added lychee liqueur to the usual the gin-and-champagne combination. The team has won several awards, including the Best Caesar Challenge and the Best Sangria Challenge. Israel picked the Plum Smuggler ($10), a light and refreshing creation mixed with plum wine, cassis, dry martini, citrus, and egg white. He was pleased with the sweet and citrusy flavours.  And I enjoyed the smokiness from the mezcal and Rittenhouse rye in the Sleepy Hollow ($12). Also featuring absinthe rinse and housemade bitters, this cocktail is [...]

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Little Saigon Night Market

Little Saigon Night Market

by Kristina @ Uniformly Dressed

Annual street food festival celebrates Vietnamese cuisine and more in Orange County.

Trial begins of Vietnam fish farmer turned folk hero

Trial begins of Vietnam fish farmer turned folk hero

by Nam @ NamViet News

The trial of a Vietnamese fish farmer who became a folk hero after using homemade shotguns to resist eviction began, with scores of people defying a heavy police presence to show their support. Hundreds of police shut down the roads by the Hai Phong People’s Court to hold back supporters of Doan Van Vuon, who […]

3 Travel Friendly Housing Alternatives

3 Travel Friendly Housing Alternatives

by The Busy Rats @ The Journey - The Busy Rats

When you own or rent property, that monthly mortgage bill can put a huge damper on extra money that could be re-purposed for travel. It seems a little ridiculous to pay for an empty apartment while you take that great American road trip you’ve always dreamed of. For that reason alone, travel and conventional living don’t really mesh well for some people. That’s why I started brainstorming and researching to come up with some liberating living alternatives.

“The True Italian Taste” Presented at Vancouver Fashion Week

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West (ICCCW) honoured me by inviting me to their VIP reception at the opening of Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW), as part of the “The True Italian Taste” initiative by the chamber. The reception welcomed guests with delicious prosecco and different types of authentic Italian gourmet food, and it was such a great occasion to celebrate the best of Italy in food, wine, and fashion. VCF at David Lam Hall We were served finest Italian DOP & IGP cheeses, bread and cured meat delicacies and a variety of bread. The DOP (protected designation of origin) and IGP (protected geographical indication) labels are the standards of 100% authentic products from Italy, and represented by The Extraordinary Italian Taste campaign, and supported by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry starting in 2016. #TrueItalianTaste initiative focuses on promoting the most authentic foods from Italy in USA, Canada, and Mexico. The food we were tasting today: Piave Vecchio (dop) Montasio (dop) Gorgonzola (dop) Pecorino Toscano (dop) Taleggio (dop) Parmigiano Reggiano (dop) Coppa Piacentina (dop) Speck Trentino (dop) Bresaola (igp) Porchetta Mortadella (Igp) Prosciutto Cotto Al Tartufo Salametti Piccanti Olio Extravergine Di Oliva Primo Dop Monti Iblei Terredirai Prosecco Superiore Docs During the intermission of the fashion shows, The Consul General [...]

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Chinese New Year Dinner 2018: Empire Seafood

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

Empire seafood is one of the go-to places for high-end dim sum and Chinese fine dining. Upon my recent visit here for a wedding banquet, I was impressed by the great quality of their signature dishes. I would definitely recommend them if you are looking for ideas of a fancy Chinese New Year dinner. The Cold Platter is usually served before a multi-course banquet style dinner, and the one here scores big both visually and gustatorily. With roasted piglet, smoked salmon, crab tempura, five-spice beef, and surf clam, the items showcase different techniques in Cantonese cooking, and how they preserve the wonderful tastes of fresh quality ingredients. Cold Platter If you want to order a whole roasted piglet, you probably need to call them to order in advance. Cold Platter Each piece of the Fried Crab Craw is not merely a crab craw, the craw meat is wrapped around with fresh shrimp paste, shaped like a ball, then deep-fried.  The bouncy texture and the sweetness of shrimp and crab are the highlights. Fried Crab Claws Fried Crab Claws The Fresh Scallops with Broccoli and Oyster Mushroom is super delicate. I really like the little touch of fish roe in the binding [...]

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Trust Way Burger (Dose of Vitamin P)

by Joshua Lurie @ Food GPS

Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People.

Weekend brunch is a way of life in laid-back San Diego. After training for triathlons, going for their morning jog, or catching a few waves, people flood open-air restaurants to refuel (and then some). I’m not even training for anything, but was happy to carbo- and protein-load at TRUST Restaurant in an industrial, mixed-use Hillcrest building. Brad Wise runs TRUST and nearby Hundred Proof. His original restaurant features a glass and steel patio with red chairs; the dining room touts an open kitchen and diagram of pork parts, one of which tops a devastating “Trust Way” burger. Wood Grilled Burger ($14) is a beast at its core, with a juicy, well-seared patty piled with Asiago cheese, savory bacon-tomato jam, tangy pickled onions, and arugula on a soft poppy seed bun that soaks up the beef’s juices. Sure, each burger comes with skin-on French fries, but you should also bolster your burger by ordering Trust Way ($3). That means with house-cured, braised bacon and a sunny side egg that washes over the burger’s substantial, but balanced ingredients. Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.

Trust Way Burger (Dose of Vitamin P)

Lobster Special Fell Short at Phoenix Garden

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

I didn’t realize it was near the Mid Autumn Festival, which falls on the first full moon night in the fall.  For Chinese folks, it is their own Thanksgiving for celebrating harvest and family gathering. I talked to my mom about finding a food Chinese restaurant and have dinner with some of my Chinese friends. As I thought, most of the good Chinese restaurants are fully booked in Richmond. So I thought of Phoenix Garden that we went once. They have both the Peking Duck and the Whole Lobster dish that we like. Struggling with traffic for more than 1 hour, I wondered if all the Chinese folks were out in the city for dinner this evening. My friend Lou arrived much earlier and he phoned me while I was still in traffic. I asked him to order both the duck and the lobster.  But when I arrived, I realized we cannot have both dishes with the special price.  Oh well. The Whole eking Duck ($39) was nicely roasted with nice crispy skin. So we were off to a good start. peking duck Peking Duck The 2nd course of the Peking Duck was the Lettuce Wrap with Duck Meat. It was pretty greasy and [...]

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Transplants Brewing Turns 2, Ceremony + Anna’s Cider

by Sean Inman @ Food GPS

Food GPS - Food. Drinks. People.

I finally made a second visit north to Palmdale to join in festivities for the Transplants Brewing second anniversary bash. I was surprised at the variety of beers on offer (32 all told) as well as their growth in the brewing. I sampled eight beers from the list and was impressed by all save one that was probably just too green (The Bible Salesman). I really liked the Mecha Pronghorn that was one of many beers aged in Koval barrels. The Imperial Stout had loads of chocolate taste to it and was very smooth. I also tasted my first pastry stout with a great name of Cut & Pastry. It certainly did have a doughy sort of taste to it and though not my favorite was certainly well executed. IPA-wise, I tasted CatBirD which was brewed with Hop Hash and Hemp CBD; it tasted very nice with a near NE haziness to it. Fringe Element was a bit strong for an “IPA for Everybody” but I liked the taste of it and it paled to the two over 10% Triple IPAs on offer. Going back to the dark side, the Ultra Double Filbert was probably my second favorite after Mecha....

Transplants Brewing Turns 2, Ceremony + Anna’s Cider

Congee Fix at Neptune Wonton Noodle

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

So my previous experience at Neptune Wonton Noodle was not all that impressive, with their staple noodle and congee dishes sunk a little bit.  But I decided to give them another try when Rex said he was craving for congee.  I just had a decent meal at their sister restaurant Neptune Seafood next door, so maybe that helped a little with the decision. The congee was quite good compared to what I had previously. The consistency was not too gluey nor too watery. The flavour was good exhibiting the great quality of the rice used. The meat components tasted fresh as well. It was a good solid bowl of congee for me! We also ordered a couple congee-pairing side dishes, and they were both decent, including the Rice Noodle Roll with BBQ Pork, and the Chinese Donut. I guess technically those were dim sum dishes. Rice Noodle Roll with BBQ Pork Chinese Donut I was happy about the congee redemption at our casual lunch here. The congee was good and the small congee-pairing dishes were decent. However, it is interesting to see what the lunch crowd is like here.  This is no longer the place for people just to come [...]

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Little Saigon Political Pioneer at Center of Money Laundering Investigation

Little Saigon Political Pioneer at Center of Money Laundering Investigation


Voice of OC

At the center of subpoenas for the phone and bank records of 11 contributors to county Supervisor and State Senate candidate Janet Nguyen is former Westminster city councilman Tony Lam, a veteran of Little Saigon politics and one of Nguyen's key political allies.

Recap: Tasting Plates Commercial Drive

by David Peng @ PickyDiners.com

On August 23, I attended the latest Tasting Plates Vancouver event by Vancouver Foodster and explored one of the most well-known foodie neighborhoods, Commercial Drive, which is often referred as the  Little Italy or simply, The Drive. Federico’s Supper Club The delicious journey started at Federico’s Supper Club, in the heart of the Little Italy, known for their authentic Italian dishes and classic dinner club ambiance, complete with live music and dancing 5 nights a week. The tasting plate from Federico’s was featuring 2 of their popular dishes, the Gnocchi Di Ricotta with roasted cherry tomatoes, shaved Grana Padano and tomato basil sauce, and the Risotto Al Tartufo E Porcini, dressed with black truffle puree, wild porcini, mascarpone, and shaved Pecorino Romano.  I have become a fan of the risotto as the flavour of truffle really pops, front and centre, complemented with the richness from cheese. Wine pairing was also available here.  A glass of pinot noir and a glass of pinot gris can be added to the tasting for only $6, and both wines are from the collection of the Mission Hill Family Estate Series, both great choices for the pairings. Rosemary Rocksalt I have visited Rosemary Rocksalt at their North Vancouver location, and this [...]

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Good Food’s most memorable meals of 2017

by Rosalie Atkinson @ Good Food

We've collected an intercontinental list of insane and delicious meals that have defined our staff's past year.

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